of Cooper Landing Walkability
1975-76 and through the 1990’s Mona Painter and Jean Romig head a community effort that tries for several years to obtain a path through Cooper Landing to create safer access for children and all residents. Our steering committee has the records from this time.
1993 The local AKDOT/PF/M&O Station crew creates the “Safety Path” from MP 45-MP 50. In late 1993 the State, through the STIP, grants the KPB $50,000.00 for the safety path. This money is used to hire a Contractor to place D-1 type crushed gravel on the path in the area between Bean Creek Road and Hamilton's Place.
2009 July Cooper Landing contracts and hosts national expert on walkable and livable communities, Dan Burden, through a non-motorized transportation grant from the Native Village of Eyak. A plan for creating walkable/bikeable paths in Cooper Landing is created.
2009 November The community votes on their priorities from the 17 projects outlined in the plan. A primary path through Cooper Landing and neighborhood paths are #1 and #2 priorities.
2009 Cooper Landing community’s #2 priority for Capital Improvement Project is Walkable Project.
2010 March The plan is adopted by ordinance into the Transportation Section of the Kenai Borough Comprehensive Plan. Assembly member Sue McClure sponsored the resolution. 26 community members, age 24-93, attend to show support!
2010 Summer A grant of $2.38 million from the Forest Highways Project is pre-awarded for Snug Harbor Road pathway and pavement to Senior Housing. Construction Start: 2015
2010 Fall CLWC Partnering Event is held. Agencies and legislators are brought together to help us formulate next steps.
2010 and 2011 Cooper Landing community’s #1 priority for Capital Improvement Project, as voted on by the community, is the Walkable Project.
2011 Spring Application for STIP was made. Cooper Landing WC Project placed 4th in their region and 10th Statewide with competition from Fairbanks, Ketchikan and Kodiak.
2011 Summer A community gathering is held. Vision and mission statements are developed.
2011 Fall A waiver was requested by AKDOT and granted by the Federal Highway Administration to scale back the 3R re-pavement and maintenance project on the Sterling Highway MP 45-60. This allowed them to avoid, among other things, inclusion of walking/biking paths.
2011 Winter Designed an interpretive panel along with Cooper Landing Historical Society and Kenai Mountain Turnagain Arm (KMTA) National Heritage Area. Matching grant came from KMTA. Alaska State Parks worked with us and designed the sign that is currently placed at the Cooper Landing Historical Society Museum.
2011 Winter/Spring Legislative contacts are made asking for monies for our project.
2012 Spring $550,000 state budget allocation for Capital Improvement Project to Walkable Project gateway sign and/or upgrade to existing path.
2012 Spring Presentation to Kenai Watershed Forum
2012 May First Cooper Landing Trail Run from Community Hall to old Our Pt of View site to help highlight the goals of the Walkable Community Project.
2012 Summer Interpretive panel along with Cooper Landing Historical Society and Kenai Mountain Turnagain Arm (KMTA) National Heritage Area delivered. Mounted temporarily at the Cooper Landing Historical Society Museum.
2012 Summer Initial visits by AKDOT Project Manager for the $550,000 state capital improvements award for our project.
2012 Fall/Winter USKH contracted by CLWC to estimate costs of bridge path and adjacent paths from King Salmon to Stetson Circle.
2013 Spring Mona Painter, local historian, contracted by CLWC to document historical buildings along Safety Path.
2013 Spring Snug Harbor Road paving to Senior Center and adjacent/separated path monies awarded by Western Federal Highways for national forest access grant application made in 2010.
2013 May Second Cooper Landing Trail Run from Community Hall to old Our Pt of View site
2014 May Third Cooper Landing Trail Run from Community Hall to old Our Pt of View site
2014 June Safety Path is enhanced (at the end of the highway re-pavement project) by widening back to original width and additional gravel placed in sections adjacent to the Kenai River bridge both east and west.
2015 May Fourth Cooper Landing Trail Run from Community Hall to old Our Pt of View site
2015 October Bridge Path completed
2016 May Snug Harbor Project construction started.
2016 May Fifth Cooper Landing Trail Run from Community Hall to old Our Pt of View site
2017 May Sixth Cooper Landing Trail Run from Community Hall to old Our Pt of View site
2017 May Fish-themed Metal Art by Paul Tornow purchased.
2017 June Snug Harbor Bike Path Beautification Project, Phase 1 workshop is held. Workshop outcome is two-fold: 1. How to enhance the pathway from Helen Rhode Park to Campus Drive for the users. 2. Develop a plan for pathway amenities on sections that may be completed in the future.
2017 September Snug Harbor Project for paving of Snug Harbor Rd. and bike/pedestrian pathway construction from Sterling Hwy. to Campus Dr. is completed. The first section of pathway from the Sterling Hwy to Lakeview Dr. is separated and paved.
2017 October Pedestrian alert signage installed on Sterling Hwy. for the interchange with Snug Harbor Rd and the new walking/biking path.